Saturday, December 14
7:30 PM, Tickets: $16.50, Student/low income: $12
Advance ticket sales available. Call Traditions at 360-705-2819
“He plays the autoharp and when he picks up the instrument, the entire room changes…a very magical world, a music never heard before” – The Chicago Sun Times
“This man makes more music from an Autoharp than you can imagine from a 12 string guitar and a harpsichord combined. He has more stage presence and charisma than any stage performer in recent memory.” – The Washington Times
Born in 1940 in Yorktown, Virginia, Bryan Bowers was raised near Petersburg of the Civil War’s Battle of the Crater fame. As a child, Bowers would tag along with the field workers and gandy dancers and learned to sing old call-and-answer songs. Bowers recalls, “The music I heard while working in the fields was mesmerizing…I just thought that music was something that everyone did. It was years later that I realized what I’d been raised around.”
Bower’s creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine’s First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s reader’s poll. This puts Bowers along side of Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice Bob Wasserman and Mark O’Connor, all recognized for their personal accomplishments.